WWW Wednesday

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday post! WWW Wednesday is hosted over at Taking on a World of Words and just involves answering the 3 Ws!


What are you currently reading?

  • Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
    • I’m about halfway done and this is crazy! This book has been recommended to me so many times and I don’t know why I waited so long!
  • Roommates by M.E. Parker
    • I’ve had this one on my Kindle forever and it’s been a very long time since I read straight-up erotica, so here we go…
    • reading challenge: firestation (romanceopoly)

What did you recently finish reading?

It’s been a very good reading week, and I’ve actually finished six books since my last WWW Wednesday!

  • Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner
    • I really enjoyed this! I haven’t decided yet whether it’s four or five stars, which probably means four… but we’ll see.
  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
    • I also really enjoyed this! I did not expect to like it since I tried three separate times to read American Gods and failed each time, but it was really good!
  • Trinkets by Kirsten Smith
    • This, on the other hand, was not so good.
  • Jealous Revenge by Octavia Singleton
    • Five stars for entertainment, one star for literary merit. A very long review is coming, but in short, this one was a ton of fun.
  • We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss
    • I DNFed this earlier this year and decided to give it another chance. It’s not really my kind of story, but I can still recognize that it was well-written.
  • Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch
    • I LOVED THIS. I want to read every linguistics book ever now. I have missed having linguistics in my life.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
    • I have had this ARC forever and I need to just do it! I saw the hardcover in B&N over the weekend and felt really bad.
  • To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers
    • I think the worst review I’ve ever seen of a Becky Chambers book has been like… four stars. It’s time to finally read one, and this one is super short.

Have you read any of these books? Are any of them on your TBR? Did you do your own WWW Wednesday post today? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

I’ve been reading:

DNFs this week:

Recently acquired:

  • nothing this week!

1 thing this week:

  • Normally I push through books that I don’t like or don’t connect with, but this week I actually DNFed THREE books. It felt good. Maybe I’ll do it more often.

Song of the week:


How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten hidden gems in Kindle Unlimited

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today is all about hidden gems, and because I’m cheap, I decided to go with ten hidden gems in Kindle Unlimited.  Did you know that you don’t have to pay for KU to get the benefits?  Every Prime member gets one free KU book per month.  That’s twelve free books per year!

Without further ado, here are ten great books that are currently available on Kindle Unlimited.  (Unfortunately, I can’t guarantee that they will always be available, as it’s up to each author/publisher.)

The Foxe & The Hound ⭐ More Than Music ⭐ Anything You Can Do

Truth or Beard ⭐ Slightly Stalky ⭐ Hooked ⭐ Kaleidoscope Hearts

My Best Friend’s Brother ⭐ Stiff ⭐ Roommates

Do you use Kindle Unlimited?  If so, what have been your favorite books?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten favorite romances

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! In honor of Valentine’s Day, today is all about romance! Specifically, favorite romance tropes.  I have a few favorite tropes, so I’ll break it down by category.  I also want to say that it was so hard to choose just ten books overall, so please please please, if you want more examples, let me know!

Imagine not only living by someone your own age, but having that person be utterly adorable and having them feel the same about you.  Never happened to me, but it seems like it would be great.

Examples:

I love a book (and a guy) that can make me laugh. Sometimes I’m up for some serious heartache, and other times I just want something light.  It’s very, very rare that a rom-com will disappoint me.

Examples:

I don’t know if I’d go for my opposite in real life, but sometimes reading about people who are like night and day that actually end up falling in love is great.  It’s particularly great when one is a grumpy jerk and the other is a ray of sunshine.

Examples:

Is there anybody alive who hasn’t fallen in love with their best friend at some point? Whether anything came of it or not, I think we all have a soft spot for these stories.

Examples:

I swore I would never get into “those stepbrother books.”  Well, I did.  Oops.  It’s not so much the taboo for me, but they always have such good buildup before anything happens!  These authors make you work for it! There’s none of this sex-by-page-two nonsense with this trope.

Examples:

Honorable mentions (or, if this were called Top Twenty Tuesday):

  • rockstar romance
  • best friend’s brother
  • brother’s best friend
  • unexpected coworkers
  • roommates

What are your favorite tropes?

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As if being a teenager isn’t hard enough, imagine your mother deciding to marry your long-time, unattainable crush’s father.  This is exactly what happened to Jenny when she was in high school, and she’s never quite gotten over it.

Jenny has always been a little weird.  As a theater kid, she knew she’d never really fit in with the popular crowd, and that didn’t bother her.  She’s intelligent, quirky, and cute.  And she’d rather march to the beat of her own drummer than try to be someone she’s not.

Ethan has always been effortlessly cool. Back in high school, he was one of those jocks that everybody listened to. He could certainly never be seen with someone like Jenny, but their parents getting married ruined that for him anyway. Now he’s living the dream in New York City and trying to forget about the girl he’s loved since he was just a teenager.  The one girl he told himself he could never have.

Then Jenny gets an audition for a speaking part in an off-Broadway production.  Armed with a suitcase and her stepdad’s assurance that Ethan really won’t mind if she sleeps on his couch for a few nights, she hops on a bus from small-town Ohio to her dream city, New York.

To say that Ethan is surprised to find Jenny asleep on his couch would be an understatement.  Turns out dear old dad never told him she was coming.  He sends his hookup of the day packing and tries to process the fact that this girl, the one he moved halfway across the country to get away from, is here.

What a fun ride.

I picked this one up on a whim and read it over the course of about three hours.  It’s a light, fluffy read that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It doesn’t focus too much on the fact that Jenny and Ethan are stepsiblings, aside from Ethan angrily correcting anybody who mistakenly calls Jenny his sister.  Most people they encounter remind them that they’re not actually related and it’s not a big deal.

Things I really liked:

  • Ethan and Jenny knew each other before their parents’ marriage and had secretly crushed on each other both beforehand and afterward.
  • Even though Ethan knew that he and Jenny couldn’t be together back then, he still stood up for her and made sure other boys treated her with respect.  (All unbeknownst to Jenny, of course.)
  • The running joke of everybody in the world having read Jenny’s diary when she was growing up.  Nothing is sacred!
  • Ethan and Jenny’s love and support for each other.  Ethan is so supportive of Jenny’s acting, and Jenny is so supportive of Ethan’s art.  There’s no question that they each think that the other is amazing.
  • There are little blips of drama, but overall this book is very low on the angst scale.

The only negative I can really come up with is this: The writing’s not the greatest (there are typos and grammatical mistakes throughout, and the formatting is a little weird), but the story moved along so nicely that it didn’t bother me as much as it usually would.

I was really pleasantly surprised by this book.  I honestly never thought that I could enjoy stepbrother romances, but this and Stiff have changed my mind.

Final rating: ★★★★☆